Media Practices the Art of Misdirection, And It's Killing Us

The crack team at the Fusion network’s investigative unit is out with their findings explaining the roots of terrorism rising out of the terrorist hotbed of Molenbeek, Belgium. Apparently, it’s the 40 percent unemployment.

According to the report by Univision’s far-left English-language network, it is only after graduating from school and getting rejected for a job that Molenbeek’s young men develop a resentment that makes them “turn to religion” and eventually join ISIS.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: Molenbeek was a huge problem. A problem of unemployment, of young people who don’t get the education they deserve. It can be a breeding ground.

Though Fusion tries to ignore it, the fact is the young men in this neighborhood have likely been under the influence of radical theology since birth.

Heck, even Rolling Stone Magazine has written the root of the problem has much to do with "cocooning" kids in all things Islam, and The Atlantic's Graeme Wood has written it has much to do with blind adherence to the theology of the Caliphate found in the sacred texts of that faith.

The preview of the Fusion report begs the question: if unemployment triggers terrorism, why aren't the rest of the world's massive number of unemployed youth joining ISIS?

According to a recent article in the New York Times:

“Youth unemployment is especially striking in richer countries. Across Europe, youth unemployment is 25 percent, not just because of a sluggish economy but because many young Europeans don’t have the skills for the jobs available, from electricians to home health aides.”

But never mind that, Fusion’s politically correct investigative unit bends over backwards to minimize Islam’s role in the radicalization by stressing, “someone approaches a youngster on the street with a story, a big story of idealism, with a mixture of Islam, then he can be very easily seduced”. 

So there you have it, it is idealism and lack of a job that have caused Molenbeek to destroy their fellow citizens. The teachings of this kind of Islam are a marginal happenstance to the radicalization, not the catalyst.

Just to drive the deceptive trope a bit further, Fusion’s band of merry journalists end the article with a mother’s plea, “They are the future of the Belgium,” she said. “So give them the opportunity to become the future of Belgium.”

Yes, let them lead the way.

Below are excerpts from the March 22, 2016 preview of Fusion’s forthcoming documentary on the subject, titled “We traveled inside the Brussels neighborhood that breeds terrorists.”

… Fusion’s investigative team traveled to Molenbeek to sift the facts from the myths. What we found was a hotbed of Islamic radicalism — and little hope for a better life among neighborhood residents, many of whom are Belgian immigrants of North African descent.

Tuesday morning’s attacks in Brussels rocked the world, but Belgium’s problems with religious radicalism are not new. Per capita, the country has sent far more fighters to Iraq and Syria than any other nation in the EU. Many came from Molenbeek.

Neighborhood residents are out of work, treated as second-class citizens in their adopted homeland. Molenbeek is one of Belgium’s poorest areas, with a youth unemployment rate of 40 percent.

“When my son was searching for a job, they said to him, ‘You are [Moroccan],'” Geraldine, a Molenbeek resident, told us of her 18-year-old son, Anis. “He said ‘No, I’m Belgian. I am born in Belgium.’ ‘Yes, but your origin, you are [Moroccan].'”… That isolation breeds resentment among young men in Molenbeek — and provides a fertile recruiting ground for militant radicals. After finishing school and remaining unemployed, Anis turned to his religion and eventually left Molenbeek to join ISIS.

It is not yet clear whether the attackers responsible for Tuesday’s Brussels killings were connected to Molenbeek. But there’s no question that the residents’ isolation will continue, possibly even worsen, and the terrorist recruiting will go on.

“Someone approaches a youngster on the street with a story, a big story of idealism, with a mixture of Islam, then he can be very easily seduced,” Hind said… What can change that? Only providing greater hope for the young men of Molenbeek, Geraldine told us… “They are the future of the Belgium,” she said. “So give them the opportunity to become the future of Belgium.”

 

Daniel Garza
Daniel Garza
Daniel Garza is an MRC Latino intern